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New rider from Houston, TX

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Hi guys. Just picked up my bike this afternoon. I managed to find a used one w/ 700 miles for $3k. It's a steal if you ask me. This is my first bike. Im terrified already. I almost died twice on the way home. Once when a guy turned left in front of me and I was in the straight lane and once when I got just mosied on into the lane I was in. I knew you were supposed to ride like you were invisible, but dang.

First questions:

How do I know if it has ABS? I think it does as the owner's manual that came with it said "CBR250R/A" and I think the last letter means ABS but how do I know for sure?

The insurance people said if I join a club, it decreases my insurance rates. You think this decrease equates to the cost to join? Any other suggestions for decreasing insurance rates besides MSF (already done)?

Suggestions for first modifications? Seems like it's almost perfect the way it is...
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Well, well, what have we here.

This is my first bike.
I've already got all my gear (jacket, pants, gloves, helmet (to the tune of $1500 (cheaper than a hospital visit))) except for the boots
So far so good. Almost there. ATGATT zealots and the folks at MSF will be pleased.

I don't think I'll drop it
Uh oh.... a bit worrying.

A new discovery is that this bike does NOT pull well on the highway. Pretty difficult to navigate traffic when I have no oomph. I think it's a safety concern. I try to stay off the highway, usually...
A bit more worrying coming from a novice.... Sounds like wanting to run before before being able to walk.

The CBR500 might be a better starter bike for those that are regularly cruising north of 80 mph.
Yeah, yeah; sounds like good advice to a beginner.

Suggestions for first modifications?
I would suggest a modification of attitude is in order. There is more to riding safely than looking the ATGATT part.

Please get in a bit more practice on quiet byways and off the road.
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